Today’s match features 2 great teams. Yemen Elite coming off a dominating win against a perennial Premier team in Lakeside FC at the Cage. They will be facing a juggernaut of a team in the Celtic.
Celtic is rated the top team in the Premier year after year including this year per the BDSL power ranking. This is as solid as team as you can get in this league. Teams only hope to not concede many goals against them, but what makes this team great is the cohesiveness of the players. Most of them have played for years together and developed chemistry that helps them deliver quick and precise passes. At times the ball is delivered with little communication as if they know exactly where their teammate will be. Celtic has a couple of Butchers on the team, Frank and Steve Butcher that is. Their name is synonymous with the style of play, carving up teams on the field with impunity. In net, is none other than the league president himself Brian “Ski” Staniszewski, although some say he attributes their low league goals against to the guys in front of him, he does step up when tested. The rest of the team consist of many great athletes who have played at Division I and III colleges at one point.
Coach Faress only caught of glimpse of this Celtic team while coaching his team last year during the Championship game against Amherst. Much of the style of this Celtic team is not known to him, but he seems to adapt and adjust during a match. When asked how he feels about this match, Coach Faress stated ” This is a must win” and “The outcome of this game will show where we stand in this Premier Division”. It’s a very tall order to beat such a great team, but still capable with what Yemen Elite’s roster consists of. The only issue that impacts Yemen Elite the shorten roster for today (15). Scratched from the roster for Sunday is Mike Raftu(F), Alex Pollak(M), James Ugorji (F). Coach Faress will have to move players around to fill in where players are missing. This is not new to him as he has a great understanding the players on the roster and where they can step up. Also, something new to Yemen Elite is the time of this game being played at 2pm. This can also be a factor in the way players get ready for an early game.
Fans are hoping to witness history for this Yemen Elite team. To beat a team like this will be a great accomplishment for this club.
Kick off is Sunday 5/18 at 2PM @ Nichols (1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14216). Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. Temperatures should be in the mid 50s, please dress warm (5/18/14)